Every year, the American Institute of Philanthropy picks its Top Rated charities, based on a thorough analysis including effectiveness, money spent on administration vs. distribution of donations. Charities that get the Top Rated seal typically spend 75%+ of their budgets on programs and expend few than $25 to raise each $100 in public support.
Among this list of 500 charities registered with AIP, only about 150 make the top-rated category (while AIP gives out A’s and B’s on its Top Rated list, it also has the option to give a C, D or F to a charity), only a few dozen are awarded with an A+.
Of those, six medical-related charities made the A+ level of the top grade.
Below are a few notes on what they stand for, and how:
American Kidney Fund
Founded in 1971 to save the life of a single person who needed help paying for dialysis, AKF has “become the leading source of direct, treatment-related financial assistance to people in the United States who are living with chronic kidney disease,” according to the organization’s web site. In 2010, AKF provided financial assistance related to treatment for more than 100,000 dialysis patients.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Aimed at breast cancer in a lifetime by providing funding for research at leading medical centers worldwide and increasing public awareness about good breast health. One of the contributing factors to their high AIP ranking is that more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation goes to research and awareness programs.
Helen Keller International/Childsight
In 1915, Helen Keller and George Kessler founded Helen Keller International (HKI), now among the oldest international NGOs devoted to preventing blindness, currently working in 22 countries worldwide.
Lupus Research Institute
“Recognizing that most major medical breakthroughs come from unexpected directions,” notes The Lupus Research Institute on its web site, the organization is uniquely dedicated to innovative and unusual lupus research.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
For the past 25 years, NARSAD has awarded nearly $300 million in grants leading to advances and breakthroughs in alleviating the suffering of mental illness. In that time, more than 3,000 funded scientists have been selected by a notable 127 member volunteer scientific council which includes 2 Nobel Laureates and 4 former NIMH directors.
National Council on Aging
NCOA’s mission is – first-and-foremost – to improve the lives of older Americans, providing a voice for vulnerable and disadvantaged seniors as well as the community organizations that serve them.
Full list of AIP Top Rated charities: